Putting the final signatures on his letter of intent this morning was also a significant accomplishment for Searcy's family and close friends.
"It was real important, because we haven't had anybody in our family go to a big-name college in about six years," Searcy said. "So for me to be the first in six years is a good achievement."
For Towers, Searcy starred at linebacker and tailback. He ended his senior season with 1,607 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns on offense. Defensively, he collected 71 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumble and an interception. His play also garnered scholarship offers from Florida, LSU, Maryland, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech.
But while he played linebacker at the high school level, the UNC coaching staff has informed Searcy that they plan to use him at safety once he arrives in Chapel Hill.
"I'm big enough to play linebacker, but they said I'm too fast to play linebacker," Searcy said. "They need me at safety so that I can cover those big tight ends and running backs coming out of the backfield."
With a 3.1 GPA and a strong SAT score, Searcy is qualified and will enroll for the second summer session, beginning on June 21st.